Asbestos is a known hazard found in pipe wrapping, automotive work, shipbuilding applications, and now, makeup products. A popular makeup line sold widely at Claire’s Stores, Inc. and marketed to teenage fans of the Nickelodeon star, JoJo Siwa, was the latest to contain the dangerous product. The powdered eyeshadow included in the JoJo Cosmetic kit tested positive for asbestos, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Claire’s recalled the product and the FDA advised anyone who purchased the items to cease using them. These kits can be returned to Claire’s for a refund.
Asbestos is a fibrous mineral that was used extensively in many industries for its heat resistant and insulating properties. Asbestos was widely used in the 1970s in the manufacturing, roofing, automotive, and shipbuilding industries, as well as in homes. Since the 1970s when awareness grew of the hazards to humans, it has been used far less. However, those exposed to asbestos are at high risk of developing mesothelioma cancer. This cancer is notoriously difficult to treat successfully and there is no current cure.
Those who worked with asbestos containing products or in its manufacture have legal options to pursue so that they can receive sufficient compensation and care for the treatment of the disease. However, mesothelioma often does not present itself until it is significantly advanced in scope. Those who were exposed to asbestos should consult with a highly experienced asbestos lawyer to ensure they receive the best representation possible.
The JoJo Siwa cosmetic issue raises the concern that consumers can be unwittingly exposed to asbestos-containing products. Asbestos is still legal in the United States, which is not one of the nations that has banned its use completely. With a product recall, there is also the danger that consumers who do not read about the recall will remain unaware and continue to use the products. JoJo Siwa issued a public statement on her YouTube channel, stating that the issue was serious and that her team was working hard to get the product recalled and off the shelves. Claire’s also released a statement about their commitment to the safety of their products, and that they believed trace amounts of asbestos were acceptable under other standards in Europe and Canada. Currently, the FDA does not review cosmetic products before they are on the market except for color additives. The FDA can pursue legal enforcement once the product is on the market if they are out of compliance with regulations.
If you were exposed to asbestos in the home or workplace, the experienced Philadelphia asbestos lawyers at Brookman, Rosenberg, Brown & Sandler will advocate for your right to receive the treatment and compensation that you deserve. Located in Philadelphia, we represent clients across Pennsylvania and New Jersey, including Delaware County, Chester County, and Philadelphia County. Please complete our online form or call us at 215-569-4000 for a free consultation.